East Union closed the first half with back-to-back exciting goals from Meghan Wallace and Isela Rivera to take the lead from Lodi, but the excitement wouldn’t last for the Lancers. An unanswered second-half goal from the Flames would link the two clubs in a 2-2 tie Tuesday.
East Union got its first goal from Wallace, who took her shot 20 yards out and bested the goalie to bring East Union even with Lodi 1-1. Not two full minutes later Rivera hauled in a pass from captain Regina Dias and put a beautiful header in the right side of the net for a 2-1 East Union lead.
Both goals came in the last five minutes of the first half, but would be the only two times the Lancers would be able to find the back of the net.
“I thought we represented ourselves well against a talented, physical team,” Lancer head coach Jim Todd said. “But the tie did fall short of our expectations.”
Thursday the Lancers will be back on the pitch when they play host to Buhach Colony.
Sierra 1, Turlock 1
Both teams were intertwined in a scoreless tie for the better part of two halves, when Sierra made goal for the first separation of the match. Only Sierra’s 1-0 lead would be brief, as Turlock answered in the next 30 seconds to tie it up 1-1 and set up the eventual draw.
“I thought we had a few more chances,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “But we just couldn’t put them in the back of the net.”
Jessica Cueca notched Sierra’s only goal, scoring in the 30th minute of the second half.
Sierra will try and get itself in the win column when they host the Lodi Flames Thursday at 5:30 p.m.